As soon as you have completed the application process, you will receive the online material for the first of three stages that make up the Certificate, so you can start your learning journey right away. This material includes written, audio and video lessons.

In addition, and included in the cost of the Certificate in Herbal Medicine, is a large package sent to you by courier* containing 2 laminated learning charts and 20 different herbs (15 in dried form, 5 in tincture form) to help you learn the medicinal plants in a hands-on, experiential manner.

*this is free within NZ but there is an additional charge for international students for the cost of shipping the sample pack overseas

Course Fees

Certificate in Herbal Medicine = $2,400

We are also able to offer a payment schedule of $100 a week over 26 weeks
Talk with our student liaison or course coordinator for details on how to set this up.

The Certificate incorporates:

3 comprehensive courses from Paul Bergner including: 

  • “First course” an introductory course that establishes core principles and practices on how to study herbal medicine  
  • “Practical herbalism” an in-depth course on nutrition and the common uses of 50 different herbs 
  • “Vitalist treatment of acute symptoms” a comprehensive course that demonstrates how to help symptomatic complaints whilst working with the body’s self-healing intelligence


22 in-depth educational videos from Richard Whelan including: 

  • Constitutional medicine – understanding how to work out a person’s constitution and how to work with the cycle of healing 
  • The 20 herbs that are sent out to the students as dried herbs or tinctures are discussed and learned in practical, experiential depth 
  • The art and science of medical herbalism is introduced and discussed along with numerous examples from clinical practice 


  • Interesting, immersive assignments to develop experiential learning
  • Membership of a well-supported, interactive forum & live online student gatherings
  • A library of over 20 classic texts in PDF form and many other articles to provide a wealth of reference material

Certificate students are also required to purchase some carefully selected books to aid their learning journey.  These are all widely available both new and pre-loved and the full list can be viewed here.

Diploma of Medical Herbalism = $7,200

Instalment Plan: Payment is available as an instalment plan of $1800 for each stage, 4 stages in total = $7,200.

Payment Schedule: We are also able to offer a payment schedule of $100 per week over 20 weeks ($2,000) for each stage. 4 stages at $2,000 = $8,000 in total. The increased costs for the payment schedule option helps to cover additional bank and admin fees required to implement the plan. Talk with our student liaison or course coordinator for more details.

Prerequisites: Diploma of Medical Herbalism students must have completed all the course work for the Certificate of Herbal Medicine before beginning their Diploma studies. As it is so unique, and as there are so many essential principles and practices covered in our first course. even people who have previously studied or qualified in natural medicine courses must still complete our Certificate before embarking on the Diploma. 

The Diploma incorporates:

This is a unique, in-depth, extremely well-resourced Diploma that is designed with the sole purpose of helping to create good, safe and effective practitioners. For more information you can download an outline of our course curriculum here

The Diploma of Medical Herbalism includes a further 7 comprehensive courses from Paul Bergner, each one containing a series of lectures and supportive literature on subjects that will be entirely relevant to the student wishing to learn how to work with the major issues that present in clinical practice.

Richard Whelan provides a detailed series of lessons on over 100 medicinal herbs along with practical and effective approaches to over 100 of the most common conditions found in practice based on real-life cases. Many more lessons on clinical skills proliferate through this course, our student forum and online gatherings provide a dynamic place for further learning and discussion and our Diploma students receive personal mentoring to help them on their learning journey. 

Position on NZQA

We are an independent education provider who are choosing to stay completely clear of the NZQA system and all the many strings that are inevitably attached to getting money from the Government. We are not academics who only see people in the classroom and then somehow decide what subjects have to be learned up to what level, much of which turns out to be completely irrelevant to clinical practice. Our system of education is strongly influenced by the old ways of training, we value such things as experiential learning, apprenticeship, hands-on learning, a wide range of reading and influences, and mentoring. We recognise that what needs to be known, first and foremost, is how to get good results with actual people in the actual world. 

Also note that, whilst the beginning parts of our course are standardised, the further the student goes along their learning journey, the more their work needs to be individualised in order to meet their unique needs in how to best become a good herbalist. You cannot offer such a non-standardised course under NZQA, and nor would we want to. Whilst it may be tempting to take advantage of the easy access to a student debt that is provided for under the NZQA system, you still have to pay it back. Our successful graduates will finish their Diploma debt-free and be ready to start the next stage of their journey into professional practice.

Prospective students should also understand that there is zero Government support or any other kind of subsidy for the herbal practitioner in practice in New Zealand, or any other country in the world for that matter. They also need to understand that there is no such support likely to start happening in the future. Our own herbal association has been trying to get it for over a hundred years but no-one in Government is interested in funding or supporting herbalists, why would they, such a move would be seen as going against the mainstream health system. 

All kinds of people with all kinds of problems come to a herbalist. They know they will have to pay for their treatment, they know that they are going to get zero Government, or ACC, or insurance money, but they come anyway because they trust it will be worth it. A good practitioner can thrive in this work, not because they get any handouts, but because they know how to get good results with people. 

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